June 3rd-14th

Summer Intensive Tickets are available at the door!

Summer Intensive+$25 Regist.

Summer Intensive Half Payment


Summer Dance Intensive (two weeks)

After March 1, 2019

$775 + $25 registration fee

**Half payments are available to secure your spot or for one week of the intensive. Please send us an email to explain at:

All fees and tuition are due no later than May 15st, 2019.  All fees and tuition are non-refundable.

CDT offers a rigorous Summer Intensive training program for dancers ages 9 and up for two weeks in June. No audition is required. 

Dancers are placed by age and experience on the first day of the intensive. 

Classes are limited to 20 students per level, and there are three levels.

Early registration is encouraged.

The 2018 CDT Summer Dance Intensive features:

  • rigorous classical and contemporary ballet training

  • performance opportunities

Week 1: June 3 - June 7, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Week 2: June 10 - June 14, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

Dancers participate in ballet, pointe, men’s classes, modern dance classes, and repertoire. Floor Barre, dance composition, jazz, and dance history classes are also offered. This smaller summer program affords students the opportunity to make significant technical progress by studying intimately with international level faculty possessing decades of teaching experience and a long history of training future professionals.

A culminating performance of new and existing repertoire will be performed on Friday, June 14th @ 6:00 & 7:30pm.

2019 Faculty

Darion Smith

Darion Smith, artistic director, resident choreographer, and co-founder of Janusphere Dance Company (JDC).Smith has created numerous choreographies for JDC, including evening-length works and recent exploration with dance on film. His contemporary dance work has been presented in New York City, California, Colorado, Rhode Island, Oregon, Washington State, Mexico, and Spain. In several of JDC's productions, Smith has collaborated with award-winning musicians in both concert and in creation including: Reinhold Heil, Dick Hyman, David LaMarche, Yuval Waldman, Felix Ventouras, Jonathon Haffner, and Jonathan Melville Pratt.  

As a dance educator, Smith has been a guest teacher at the University of California at Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College and taught ballet and jazz technique on tour and in New York City for Dance Theatre of Harlem's educational outreach and community programs. Darion taught ballet and "Voice Amplified Dancing", a dance class integrating movement with the voice, at the 2017 American College Dance Association Northwest Regional Conference. He currently teaches dance at the University of Oregon. Most recently Smith lead students through ballet and contemporary technique masterclasses at Pacific Lutheran University as the 2018 guest artist in residence.

As a professional dancer, Smith lived and worked in New York City for twelve years, where he performed with several companies including Dance Theatre of Harlem, Metropolitan Opera Ballet, Buglisi Dance Theatre, New York Theater Ballet and Cherylyn Lavagnino Dance. As a company member of Janusphere, Smith performed in many of the programs presented including his own work.

Darion began his dance education with Kay Fulton at Santa Barbara City College and went on to study dance at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, Germany, and the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow. Currently, he is a Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon's Department of Dance and will graduate with an MFA in dance in June 2018.

As director and co-founder of Janusphere Dance Company, Smith is dedicated to fulfilling the artistic vision behind his work and the importance of the company in the dance world of today and beyond.


Russell Lepley

Russell, Columbus native, is returning after 11 years of working domestically and abroad as a professional dancer. He was drawn to theater and dance at an early age and left home at 17 to join Houston Ballet II. While in Houston, he had the privilege of seeing Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal perform “Minus One” by Ohad Naharin. Fascinated by a form of contemporary dance he’d not previously been exposed to, he was compelled to audition and succeeded in obtaining a position in their company. During his years in Montreal, he had the honor of working personally with internationally regarded choreographers Mats Ek, Jiri Kylian, and Ohad Naharin, among others, and was able to participate in extensive international touring. In his third year with the company, he encountered German choreographer, Stephan Thoss and, after an exciting collaboration, he was invited to join Thoss’s company in Wiesbaden, Germany. There he tested the limits of his body, dancing an extensive repertoire by Thoss, as well as, collaborations with choreographers like Johan Inger. In this period, Russell developed a profound appreciation for the practice of yoga as a means of self-care and an interest in creating healthier environments, physically and mentally, for dancers. Searching for a director with more humanity and a company that offered more range creatively, he had the fortune of being connected with Karl Alfred-Schreiner, based in Munich’s Gärtnerplatztheater. He spent the next three years exploring his range, and rediscovering his passion for theatricality with choreographers William Forsythe, Alexander Ekman, Jo Strømgren, and Erna Omarsdöttir among others. The most rewarding experience of his time in Munich, however, was meeting his husband and collaborator Filippo. Desire to build a family and to be close to home, while sharing their passion and creativity led to the creation of Flux + Flow. Russell is grateful for the opportunity to make a space where everyone can enjoy dance and he can give back to the community that first ignited his passion for movement. 


Nikki Hefko

Artistic Director/Owner of New Orleans School of Ballet and Adjunct Lecturer of Dance at Tulane University, Nikki Hefko was a member of the Dance Theatre of Harlem.  Under the direction of Arthur Mitchell, Hefko danced in some of the world’s greatest theaters, such as Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, and the Sadler’s Wells Theatre. She toured the states and abroad dancing a full repertoire of classical, neo-classical, and contemporary ballets by George Balanchine, Michael Smuin, and John Taras. In 2006, she performed at the White House, captured in the PBS Special, In Performance at the White House, honoring the life and career of Arthur Mitchell. Additionally, Hefko danced with Les Grands Ballet Canadiens, The Metropolitan Opera and other companies as a freelance dancer. During her time in New York, Hefko moved into the world of theatre and experimental dance performing with Kinetic Dance Theatre and Caridad Martinez and Dancers at the La Mama Experimental Theatre.
Hefko's choreography has been performed at various New York City venues, at the Louisiana Dance Festival in Baton Rouge, LA, The Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans) and by the Madison Ballet (Madison, WI). In 2012, she was selected by Harlem Stage to present her acclaimed work, myself when i am real, to the music of Charles Mingus. In 2013, paired with composer Patricia Giannattasio, she choreographed a work on Dance Theatre of Harlem company members for Music and Motion, Original Dance and Music, CUNY Composers' Alliance. Created by Grammy nominated composer Tania Leon, Music and Motion paired choreographers and composers to collaborate and create work performed by professional dancers and The American Modern Ensemble. In 2015, Hefko joined New Orleans' Marigny Opera Ballet as a choreographer and company teacher. Since, her work for the Marigny Opera Ballet has twice been nominated for the Big Easy Entertainment Awards, once in 2016 and again in 2017.  
A 2017-18 School of American Ballet National Visiting Fellow and an American Ballet Theatre® Certified Teacher in levels Pre-Primary through 7 of the ABT® National Teacher Training Curriculum, she was a full time faculty member at Dance Theatre of Harlem School for 7 years and also served as DTH's Summer Intensive Director. Hefko was faculty member, company teacher and Summer Intensive Director at Brooklyn Ballet and a ballet instructor at The Joffrey Ballet School NY. She has trained, mentored, and coached students now in prominent schools and companies including, New York City Ballet, The Juilliard School, Charlotte Ballet, Carolina Ballet, School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, The Rock School for Dance Education, State University of New York at Purchase, Nashville Ballet, and Oklahoma City Ballet.  
Hefko began her dance training at Mobile Ballet (Mobile, AL) and graduated with high honors from Loyola University New Orleans with Bachelor and Master degrees in Literature and Education. She continued her dance training at Loyola Ballet, Ballet Hysell, the New Orleans Ballet Ensemble, and Dance Theatre of Harlem School.  
In addition to her work at New Orleans School of Ballet and Tulane University, Hefko is a Board Member with the Junior Philharmonic Society of New Orleans


Jimmy Orrante

Jimmy Orrante began his dance training at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts under Don Hewitt; studying later at the North Carolina School of the Arts. After 22 years as a professional dancer, the Los Angeles native ultimately retired from BalletMet. During his tenure there, he choreographed more than 15 premieres for the company, including his highly successful full-length ballet, “The Great Gatsby,” which was recently reprised in BalletMet’s 2014-2015 season.

In 2005, Jimmy received the 2005 inaugural Princess Grace Choreographic Fellowship. In spring 2011, he was honored with the National Choreographic Recognition Award for Regional Dance America and was selected in the fall of that year as Choreographer In Residence at Denison University. He received the Special Project Grant from the Princess Grace Foundation, as well as a grant from the National Endowment of the Arts to collaborate with the Ohio State University’s Center for Computer Art and Design and multimedia composer, Sean Beeson. The grant’s collaboration resulted in the “Illuminated Tapestry,” which premiered in April 2012 and utilized the Xbox Kinect’s motion-capture technology.

In March 2014, Jimmy created “Ya Me Fue” as one of three finalists in Ballet Austin’s New American Talent Choreographic Competition and later created “Balanced” on Motion Dance Theatre in Ashville, North Carolina.

Recently, Jimmy was awarded his third grant from the Princess Grace Foundation, the Choreography Mentorship Co-Commission (CMCC) award, as well as choreographing “Threads of Color” as part of Ballet Austin’s 2015 Director’s Choice Program.

 Seth Wilson

Artistic Director, Columbus Dance Theatre


Resident Faculty of Columbus Dance Theatre

Housing with host families can be arranged for out of town students who are ages 12 and older.

Location:  CDT Downtown @ 592 East Main Street, Columbus, OH 43215

Call 614-849-0227 to register by phone. 

You may pay by check, mailed to

Columbus Dance Theatre

Summer Intensive

592 East Main Street

Columbus OH 43215